Increased security after Bourbon Street shooting

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Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 6:49 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS -- You’ll see dozens of state troopers patrolling these streets this weekend.

They started at about 5:30 p.m. after the head of Louisiana State Police welcomed them at a French Quarter hotel.

Col. Mike Edmonson started off with a moment of silence for 21-year-old Brittany Thomas, of Hammond, who died Wednesday after being shot on Bourbon Street.

He also honored the nine other victims.

In response to the shooting, 30 troopers will patrol the French Quarter and surrounding areas through Sunday. They will be on foot and in cars, looking to enforce curfews, take guns off the street and beef up police presence.

There are also 25 troopers Essence Fest hired for the big event this weekend, but they can be pulled to respond to emergencies elsewhere in the city.

Edmonson said troopers don’t historically patrol during Essence Fest, but the state felt it was important to beef up patrols after the shooting on Bourbon Street.

Now, Louisiana Sstate Police is working on having a presence in New Orleans through Labor Day.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has asked for 100 troopers to be permanently stationed in New Orleans.

But Edmonson said that may not be possible.

"To sit here and say I can take 100 troopers immediately and focus them on New Orleans -- I have to take them from somewhere else. So keep in mind we have a responsibility to our community large and small across the state of Louisiana, but I can assure you we will be addressing those needs and working with the mayor."

State police are looking to beef up their presence in New Orleans through at least Labor Day. They’re working out the details on that plan.

 

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